Carrie Meadows teaches creative, professional, and academic writing. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Mid-American Review and other publications. She is the author of Speak, My Tongue, a poetry collection from Calypso Editions (2017) celebrating self-taught artists of the American South.
Research and Creative Interests: Research often guides my poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. I am currently working on a poetry and creative nonfiction hybrid project focused on lesser known places linked to the American Civil Rights Movement. My new book, Speak, My Tongue, was recently published by Calypso Editions.
I teach creative and professional writing most semesters.
In my creative writing classes, I combine reading discussions with writing exercises so students can learn from professionals and immediately practice those lessons in their own writing. I try to incorporate a wide range of voices in the readings I assign, and I encourage students to explore their own interests and experiences while also finding inspiration in cultures and experiences unlike their own. Ultimately, I want students to leave my classes as better writers and readers than they were when the semester started.
In my professional writing classes, I focus on the convergence of text and image and give mini lectures followed by hands-on practice sessions. I ask students to work in a variety of print and digital media, challenging them to hone their professional writing style and adapt it to various rhetorical situations. Students complete a series of projects rather than tests, and I sometimes develop university or community projects to give students practical experience as professional writers.
What do you expect of students?
I want students to be active in class—this could include actively thinking, quietly taking notes, sharing ideas in small groups, or contributing to large class discussions. Every student is different, so there's no one way to accomplish this. But I want students to show a desire to be in class and a willingness to engage with course content.
Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation?
I enjoy spending time with my family, especially outdoors.